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More than $20 million to be paid out to social welfare recipients

Government will pay out a total of $20,246,790 as a form of immediate relief assistance to 44,169 households currently assisted through the social welfare programs under the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. The recipients of the Poverty Benefit Scheme (PBS), Care and Protection Allowances (C&P), and Social Pension Scheme (SPS) who are currently […]

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March 18, 2016 12:40 pm

Government will pay out a total of $20,246,790 as a form of immediate relief assistance to 44,169 households currently assisted through the social welfare programs under the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

The recipients of the Poverty Benefit Scheme (PBS), Care and Protection Allowances (C&P), and Social Pension Scheme (SPS) who are currently registered with social welfare will be receiving additional payments this week.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar said that this is a targeted initiative of the Fijian Government to assist those families who have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The payment would be carried out in 3 categories (PBS), (C&P), (SPS); the lump sum she said would be paid out to them by Friday 18th of March 2016.

Families registered under the Poverty Benefit Scheme, will receive an additional $600 this week. The total payout for recipients registered under the Poverty Benefit Scheme equates to about $13.8 million dollars.

Families who receive the Care and Protection Allowances will receive an additional $300 this week. The total payout for families under the Care and Protection Allowance equates to about $977,100. Families assisted under the Care and Protection Program have children who are taken care of by single parents or guardians.

Senior citizens who are assisted through the Social Pension Scheme will receive an additional $300 this week. The total payout for pensioners will equate to $5.3 million.

Those recipients who have bank cards will be able to access the funds through ATM’s and EFTPOS machines.

Minister Akbar said that for those who access their monthly cash payments through Post Offices, they will receive the lump sum payment through their nearest Post Office.

Those recipients who may have lost their bank cards are advised to visit their nearest social welfare office and collect a confirmation note to be taken to the respective banks to get a replacement bank card.

The Ministry is also advising recipients in maritime communities who don’t have accessibility to bank services that the payments will be delivered to them by the Ministry.

Minister Akbar also reiterated the need for recipients to utilize these funds wisely for their families and not to waste it on unnecessary spending as there are other affected families that need to be assisted.

This is a targeted assistance for the most vulnerable in the country and we are urging families and individuals to please use this money responsibly. This money has been given to you and your children for basic necessities, so please make wise decisions when spending it. And if there is no genuine need to use it right now, then please save it.

The Ministry is appealing to all communities to work together in rebuilding the livelihood of the families. The Ministry has also thanked and acknowledged the contributions of various donor agencies, the Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), Civil Based Organizations and both local and international partners who have provided support during the Rehabilitation and Recovery process for those who have been affected by tropical cyclone Winston.

$19.9 million payout to assist 43,000 families with relief (8/03/2016)

A total of $19.9 million will be given to assist the 43, 624 households registered under the three benefits schemes with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. Registered households will be receiving a lump sum from the government by next Friday.

This was announced during a press conference this morning by the Attorney General Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.  He said the Government with the approval of the Prime Minister has taken an initiative to provide a top up in the assistance to those relying on monthly pensions and allowances from the government.

For the next 3 months, people who currently receive the benefits will get a top up on the benefits they receive.

AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Minister for Women Rosy Akbar at a press conference today. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Minister for Women Rosy Akbar at a press conference today. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.

Attorney-General Sayed-Khaiyum said the total payout of $19.9 million to pensioners and families under the Poverty Benefit Scheme, and Care and Protection Allowance would be made by next Friday.

Attorney-General Sayed-Khaiyum said the payment would be done to people in 3 categories, this lump sum he said will be paid out to them by the 18th of March 2016.

23, 035 homes that are registered under the Poverty Benefit Scheme, will receive an addition of $200 for the next 3 months. This will paid out in a lump sum of $600. The total payout for the 23,035 homes registered under the Poverty Benefit Scheme equates to about $13.8 million dollars.

The second category receiving the lump sum are families registered under the Care and Protection Scheme. The Finance Minster said a total of $300 would be paid out to the families.

Families that receive the Care and Protection allowance, will receive an additional of $100 for the next 3 months. This will be paid in a lump sum of $300, which equates to about $977,100. These are 3257 families, where children are taken cared of by single parents or guardians.

The third category announced by the Attorney General that will be receiving the lump sum payment are the pensioners in Fiji.

17, 332 Pensioners over the age of 68 who are currently receiving a monthly payment of $50, will be paid an additional amount of $100. The lump sum that will be paid to them next Friday amounts to $300.

Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said that the amount that will be paid to pensioners, which equates to about $5.1 million

It is very critical it that we look after the people that are living below the poverty line. Because the reality is that many homes in Fiji have been hit very adversely. Some of them catastrophically, they do need the assistance. We believe that this kind of assistance to individuals and families will be of great benefit to them.

Attorney General and Minister for Finance, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum advised this payment is only for people under the scheme and those receiving payment next Friday are to use the money responsibly.

We ask people to use this money wisely. These money has been given to you and your children for basic necessities. We have heard of some abuse of people who have received a lot of assistance from NGOs and Government. Please use this responsibly because a lot of people in Fiji need this assistance.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar said that this a targeted assistance to the most vulnerable groups in the community.

The monthly assistance received by pensioners and people under the Social Welfare will continue.

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